I bought 1000 (one thousand; that is not a typo!) paper doilies.
I am committed. Haha!
Want to know what they look like?
I somehow expected a bigger box, but really, they are quite compact.
So here’s the story about these doilies:
As I started planning the “sketches” for the daily highlight pages in V’s December album (You can read about the overall plan for the album HERE. You can see all posts related to this album project HERE.), I realized I wanted an element to soften the crisp, hard edges of the patterned paper blocks I would be using. I had a couple doilies in this style that I’d saved from a restaurant in my embellishments box, and so I pulled them out. Yes, I’m one of those people who sees a pretty doily under my side dish bowl and whisks it into my purse before food spills on it! Haha. As I developed my sketch ideas, I decided that these doilies were a must–these exact ones– and there should be one on every page. Since there are going to be over 30 daily highlight pages in the album (one for each day, plus a few bonus ones for V’s first days), that would have meant a lot of trips to the restaurant for more doilies, haha!
I did try and contact the restaurant to find out more information about their doily supplier, and they did reply, but not with specific enough information. I looked in my local craft stores (in the baking sections) to see if there were any comparable styles of doilies, but nothing was quite as perfectly lacy as these. I got online myself and searched around until I found 5″ Cambridge Lace paper doilies. As I looked, I decided that it wasn’t going to be too ridiculous of an investment to actually just buy a case– it was more cost-effective this way, and of course, I’ll be able to use approximate 970 doilies on other projects!
The funniest part to me is that I keep finding myself trying to justify this purchase. Husband doesn’t care about how I spend my craft/hobby money, as long as I’m happy! But I’d find myself saying “…and I can use them on cards!” and then a little later, “…I use them on layouts!” Every time I pop up with one of these remarks, Husband just shakes his head and says, “That’s fine! Enjoy your doilies!” and yet, I still feel the need to justify. Haha!
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Okay, so enough about the doilies for now. What about the layouts for V’s December album?
I mentioned in my March goals recap that I was able to cut paper pieces for about 16 of my pages at a craft afternoon at church. That was awesome! I told myself that within the first hour of being there, I had to have chopped into my paper to start prepping the layouts. No dilly-dallying, no waffling or being afraid to use the paper I’d purchased expressly for this project!
Originally, I thought that the layouts would be based on one sketch, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would be bored silly with 30+ layouts of essentially the same design, even if the papers were different. Before the craft afternoon, I sat down and designed four main sketches (which then have four variations, based on photo orientation and vertical mirroring).
Once I got to church and began working, I chose measurements to approximate the sketches and started chopping. I prepped four layouts at a time. I took some (really crummy!!) photos with my (very old) iPhone to help me to remember what papers went where, in case they ended up getting mixed in my project box. In the photos below, you can see that I varied the photo orientations and even had some of my pilfered doilies (this was before my thousand were even ordered!) and my 4×6 prints to help me visualize.
This “batch-processing” is working so well! I haven’t done anything (except order doilies!) since the church craft day, because I’ve been prioritizing bridal shower preparations (see my April goals!), but I am so excited to continue with this project. It’s another of my goals for April to finish these layouts– or at least take them a lot further along.